Family Tanagers (Thraupidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum)


French: Conirostre cul-roux German: Rotsteiß-Spitzschnabel Spanish: Conirrostro culirrufo

Sylvia speciosa


, 1824,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See C. margaritae. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. guaricola Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – E Guárico and W Anzoátegui, in NE Venezuela.
  • C. s. amazonum (Hellmayr, 1917) – E of Andes in W Venezuela (Apure) and E Colombia (S to Meta, also recorded in C Guainía#R); E Ecuador and E Peru; and C Guyana E to N French Guiana, and N Brazil (NE Roraima, E Amazonas and W, C & NE Pará).
  • C. s. speciosum (Temminck, 1824) – SE Peru and Bolivia (except W) E across SC Brazil (to Maranhão, S to Mato Grosso, Paraná and São Paulo), Paraguay and NW & NE Argentina (Jujuy; E Formosa, N Corrientes and Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    11 cm; 8–9 g (Argentina). Small, rather dark conebill. Male nominate race has head and upperparts rather dark greyish-blue, lores and subocular area paler ashy grey, becoming... read more


    Song, in Venezuela, a very high, thin “tidé, tidé, tidé, tidé, ti’dee’rít” at leisurely pace, weak... read more


    In Venezuela mainly in dry strongly seasonal areas, where occurs in canopy of gallery forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet little known; insects, possibly nectar. Seen in pairs and in families of 3–5 individuals; in SE Ecuador up to six seen together.... read more


    No information on season. Nest in E Brazil (Minas Gerais) a tiny cup made from leaf petioles and fibres, hidden in curled dead Cecropia... read more


    Resident. No certain local or migratory movements known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread, in varying abundance. Uncommon in Venezuela; rare and local in Ecuador; uncommon and local along R Amazon river and its tributaries. Can... read more

    Recommended citation

    Hilty, S. (2020). Chestnut-vented Conebill (Conirostrum speciosum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).